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He shouldn't have been. To nullify
Well, Richardson looked, and he found. A lot. Portland better abort its pick-and-roll strategy in Game 4 or execute it much better: You can't expect NBA shooters to miss shots that open.
Indeed, it wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Blazers appeared to realize they were engaged in an NBA playoff game and, you know, they might want to start playing like it. Given something to cheer about -- a fourth-quarter run to cut the lead to 11 -- the Blazers fans turned it up to full 747 roar (the guy in front of us in the press seating had ear plugs in, and he needed them). Without a doubt, this is one of the best crowds in the league. Here's to hoping they have something to cheer about on Saturday. If not, this series, once so promising, is going to be over real quick. As
Finally, in the fourth, he hit one, then two, then three three-pointers in a row. A few minutes later he sank a fourth. "I think he figured it out," Webster said. "We're shooters, we have to have a short memory. We need him to do that." Asked if he did something to inspire Fernandez -- perhaps a Spanish epithet in the huddle? -- McMillan demurred. "A lot of that was just Rudy moving and letting it fly."
And if there's a silver lining for Portland, that's it: Rudy letting it fly. Without